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HOLLYWOOD — The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s Jan. 17 awards dinner at the Park Hyatt hotel was a film geek’s dream evening; a quirky goulash of lengthy homages to film history, peppered with off-the-cuff remarks from this year’s awards mainstays.

Event was the kind where the opening repartee poses the question, “What actor has appeared in films directed by both King Vidor and Dario Argento?” It’s the kind of show where Werner Herzog is introduced by a film critic who has removed his shoe and is threatening to eat it.

Other surprises were in store. The cinematography award went to “Good Night, and Good Luck’s” Robert Elswit, who was unable to attend. So the award was accepted by the d.p.’s godson — none other than Jake Gyllenhaal, who said Elswit was present at his birth, snapping photos from the closet.

Career achievement kudos went to Richard Widmark. The 92-year-old thesp’s award was accepted by Karl Malden, who indeed appeared in films by both Vidor and Argento.

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